Trump to meet with Veterans Affairs secretary contender


President-elect Trump will meet Thursday with Pete Hegseth, Fox News contributor and former CEO of Concerned Veterans for America, as he continues to weigh contenders for the Veterans Affairs secretary post.

Hegseth is a rumored front-runner for the VA’s top job, which is one of the final Cabinet positions for which Trump has yet to name a nominee.

Jason Miller, spokesman for the transition team, told reporters on a conference call Thursday that Trump was taking a thorough approach to the VA secretary search due to the importance he placed on reform of the agency.

“I had the opportunity to chat with the president-elect on this very topic the other day, and again, this is another one where this position is so important to make sure that we get right,” Miller said.

Trump will also meet Thursday with Rep. Peter King and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach as he continues to fill the remaining positions in his Cabinet and administration.

His other meetings include Dan DiMicco, a rumored contender for United States Trade Representative, Joel Kaplan, former deputy chief of staff to Presidet George W. Bush, John Jay LaValle, chairman of the Suffolk County Republican Party in New York, and members of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

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